The South Carolina mill pictured here is just one of countless empty, decaying production centers which litter small towns across the South – a casualty of NAFTA and free trade with the Third World.
Back in the early 1990s when I was in school Right-wing populist Patrick Buchanan came here to stand with locals and denounce the proposed NAFTA deal and warn that it would lead to the loss of industrial jobs, killing small towns and devastating many families and communities. It passed thanks to overwhelming support from the Republican establishment.
Weeds and small trees now grow in its parking lot. A Donald Trump sign stands in front of it. No other political sign are within sight. It is a symbolic message of opposition to the GOP establishment who have ruined so many Southern communities with policies which only benefit the Republican donor class.